We discuss the Easter Bunny and whether he flies like Santa or just hops for transportation.
Her sleepy voice comes alive to rattle off extravagant gifts the Easter Bunny should bring for her and each of her siblings.
And then she wonders about bean stalks.
If they can grow down or only up.
Of course they can grow any way she wants them to.
So she would like one for her sister.
Because if Hadley can just plant a purple bean in the clouds then she will climb down the stalk for our Easter egg hunt.
And she would like that.
This photo was taken at my brother’s wedding, right after McKenna saw her first glimpse of a gorgeous new aunt in her wedding dress. McKenna is wearing my “Hadley necklace” and the blurred vision of her in the mirror with Parker’s reflection too? It is what I see every day. If I tilt my head and cloud my vision just enough.
Photo credit: Amy Carroll Photography
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Somehow I missed this post until this morning. And I get the picture…every beautiful, painful detail. Love all of you.
I love how Hadley is such a big part of your lives.
I wish you had that beanstalk.
Hugs to you.
Robin @ Farewell, Stranger says
I wish you had a beanstalk. And that photo is magic.
JDaniel4's Mom says
A purple beanstalk sounds like just the right color to climb down.
Dammit – I nearly went a whole day without crying at work.
Sweet, Jessica. Just so sweet.
Hurray for beanstalks. :-))
She is gorgeous through and through.
Tasha Faith says
This an awsome photo. Isn’t it great that they can just be so delighted with the smallest details.
Found you on WW link up.
Following you on google reader.
I wish so much that McKenna’s concept could be a reality, that Hadley could be physically present the way she is always spiritually present.
That picture is amazing, all three of them. xo
I wish there was a purple bean stalk. Beautiful picture and post. xo
Natalie @MamaTrack says
Sometimes I read you and I’m sad. Sometimes I’m happy. I always want to hug my children after.
This post? Makes me mad that you all can’t have her with you everyday. Life isn’t fair, is it?
It’s not fair Natalie, and honestly, I’ve been sort of stuck on that lately. Especially when my children bring it up, because she should be hunting for eggs with the rest of them.
Natalie @MamaTrack says
Yes, she should.
I’d be stuck on it too. I don’t know how you couldn’t be.
Not a Perfect Mom says
I just love her…
I love how the littles are always thinking of Hadley…it’s so bittersweet…
I love, love, love that they think of her. McKenna talks of her so often that I KNOW she has a bond with her I will never fully understand. It is hard to swallow the lump in my throat and answer their questions but it is so nice to know they are keeping her memory alive too.
Jenni & Andy says
Of course bean stalks grow down. What a smart little girl. I’m going to keep that notion in my mind all week. I imagine it’ll come in handy… So glad you shared.
Does it sound stalker-ish to say I feel so honored when you stop by? I absolutely adore your blog and am so glad for that first time you stopped by because it led me to your site. The strength and love you show in every post is inspiring. I know those bean stalks are stretching down to each of us this holiday weekend.
Such a beautiful photo of her! She looks like a little princess or a fairy. She must be super-cute while hunting on the easter-eggs!
Oh she is adorable… although I may be biased ;).
Her perspective is incredible. And that photo is just gorgeous!
She always amazes me with her perspective. I just know they have a bond that words can’t explain and that is so comforting to me.
julie gardner says
(This was my lame attempt to express that I’m speechless. And yet I still typed words anyway. See. Lame. But that picture. And your caption.)
Isn’t that picture amazing? When they got their wedding proofs I wanted to hold that photo up and yell “Does anyone else see this? Does anyone else see what this photo symbolizes? It is all of them. Together. Sigh.
Practical Parenting says
Oh, Jess. This is beautiful. And of course that’s what you see…
We need another phone date soon.
We do, we REALLY do. DM me a good time for you.
You seeing all three in that picture, well, it just chokes me up. Gorgeous girl.
It chokes me up but I love it, I love that I can see all of them, the way it should be.
The Mommy Psychologist says
Love this pic! The look in her eyes is priceless.
She may not be there to physically
see but she will always be there
I know she will, and my kids remind me of this so often.
It is so beautiful to catch glimpses into a child’s imagination. How sweet your children are and I absolutely adore that photo 🙂
That is a lovely, lovely photo…
So beautiful. The girl. The moment. The post. All breathtaking.
What a sweet girl you have there.
I might be biased but I know :).
Oh wow! I love this so much!
Galit Breen says
Breath taking, really.
Awww… what a beautiful post, and picture. I love this so very much. I love that Hadley is such a part of your family.